What’s Forester really like? How does it drive? Get the inside story from owners and motoring press experts
Comfort, being high off the road, ease of driving, performance in icy weather conditions
This is my first Subaru (Forester) but I have driven 4x4s and Estates for decades. My overall impression is of a most comfortable and relaxing car to drive, and to be driven in (according to my wife). The ride over all road surfaces, and especially motorways, is really smooth and tranquil and I suspect a function of the suspension’s ability to tackle both tarmac and non-tarmac surfaces. It is therefore is one of the best I have ever driven. I also think the design engineers have done wonders with the in-cabin soundproofing. I find the interior controls all excellently laid out and intuitive to use, together with an impressive Starlink system, and the electronically adjustable driver’s seat is most comfortable. The diesel power unit is a delight and the CVT is brilliant. It has that distinctive boxer engine sound, and is certainly no slouch. Perhaps the only ‘downside’ is the lack of an audible reversing warning system, but then the reversing camera is excellent and I am getting used to it. Indeed I can, of course, always retrofit an additional system in the future should I consider the need. I will just have to give it time. In summary a most delightful and serene car to drive, and I am one very happy Subaru Forester owner…
I have just purchased a Subaru Forester. I think that the car is brilliant. There is only one thing that I have to complain about. It's a pity that the seats are not as comfortable as the Outback seats. Subaru cars are so well made. I can't understand why there are not more to be seen on the road.
Outstanding service from Gavin at Ian Grieve Subaru in Falkirk. Faultless communications, a great deal and I was more than happy to drive the 250 miles to collect my new Subaru Forester XT which is frankly stunning. Highly recommended.
Tough and practical SUV that can actually go off road if you need to.
My Forester was not a serious first choice until I test drove the car. It really made an impression with its smooth ride and great handling. I live a mile or so up a farm track and am really looking forward to testing the off road capabilities when winter sets in. I have the automatic version and the paddle shift is really a fun way to drive it. The engine has a lot of responsiveness yet I have been able to maintain a mpg of over 38 mpg. The overall feel inside the car it probably not as well appointed as other cars in the similar bracket but it certainly has all the bear essentials. The rear boot space with the back seats folded down is certainly a very pleasant surprise. I find that I have versatile, rugged 4X4 yet it feels like driving a car. It is my first Subaru and I believe that once hooked, you are always a Subaru owner. Let's wait and see.
"The upgraded Forester offers better handling and improved refinement, generous interior space and cargo capacity, a commanding driving position and ease of entry and exit."
"This is a capable and attractive vehicle which has been nicely freshened-up – building on its strengths without taking away the things that made it a good car to start with."
"The Subaru Forester has been recognised in an independent poll by 50,000 UK car drivers and placed firmly in the Top 10 cars to own in the annual Driver Power survey."
"It may be more capable Off-Road than many of its rivals. It also holds a certain amount of mechanical interest value, as Subarus tend to do."
"Can Subarus still go Off-Road? Well yeah they clearly can, obviously some more extreme than others, and in that respect, the Forester is the Daddy!"
"Hugely reliable, pleasant to drive, spacious, comfortable and unpretentious."
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